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Seal Of Beleth : Doomsanity Control (Reissue)

A new chance to get acquainted with Finland's Seal Of Beleth's ferocious first demo from back in 2010.

'Doomsanity Control' represents a return to the old days for Finland's Seal Of Beleth. Released in the heady days of 2010 as the band's first demo, it has been given a new lease of life with this release, available in digital form and with a limited run of physical copies. It follows two full length albums, the most recent of which being 2015's 'Seal of Beleth'. It gives fans unfamiliar with the band's origins a chance to experience the early days and complete their collection until the next full length is released, whenever that may be.

It proves to be quite a lengthy affair for a demo, clocking in at 48 minutes despite only containing three tracks. This is largely due to the very aptly named 'Leviathan' which runs for almost 27 minutes of brutal, sludgy Doom. As you'd expect with a demo, production levels on 'Doomsanity Control' are rough and ready. Rather than detracting from the experience, though, it adds a live feel that complements the distortion-laden frenzy of the material.

Opening the unholy trinity of this debut release is the title track, 'Doomsanity Control', a gnarly, aggressive snarl from the sludge-ridden depths of the soul. Feral and primal, it lacks the polish of the band's later releases, but what it lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up for in pure aggression. It's a slow paced, marauding number with crushing riffs laden with equal parts venom and distortion, with throaty, gravel-voiced vocals. It's a solid, belligerent start to the album, and to Seal Of Beleth's recording output.

The middle part of the album, the 12 minute 'Beleth', if anything, is even heavier than its misanthropic predecessor. It's a slow burner that gradually morphs into a monstrous, distorted riff that crushes the eardrums in its down-tuned, down-tempo brutality. It chugs along mercilessly for 12 sludgy minutes with no respite; becoming a hypnotic dirge of discordant fury. And if you thought that the 27-minute finale would let up at some point during its mind-boggling, eardrum-annihilating duration, you would be dead wrong. A sense of dread builds throughout, a pounding and relentless riff driving ever onward, but despite the almost half hour length of the track, it remains compelling throughout. A bleak, repetitive drone of angst-ridden sludge that assaults the senses until this powerful debut finally comes to a close.

If you're a fan of the band's later work, this ferocious demo is a worthy addition to your collection. Or, if this proves to be your first experience of Seal Of Beleth, you have much to look forward to in their later work. A fine foray into the Doom archives.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Doomsanity Control
2. Beleth
3. Leviathan

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-04-25 by Nick Harkins
Rotten Copper
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